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Medical Tips for Americans

If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay "customary and reasonable" hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICARE PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.

Senior citizens may wish to contact the American Association of Retired Persons for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.

To facilitate identification in case of an accident, complete the information page on the inside of your passport providing the name, address and telephone number of someone to be contacted in an emergency.

A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.

A listing of addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is contained in Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts . This publication may be obtained through the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. Also available from the Government Printing Office is Health Information for International Travel by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This contains a global rundown of disease and immunization advice and other health guidance, including risks in particular countries. The CDC maintains the international travelers hotline at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), an automated faxback service at 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299) and a home page on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov.

For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) web site at http://www.who.int/en. The WHO also provides travel health information at http://www.who.int/ith.

For detailed information on physicians abroad, the authoritative reference is The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists published for the American Board of Medical Specialists and its certifying member boards. This publication should be available in your local library. U.S. embassies and consulates abroad maintain lists of hospitals and physicians. Major credit card companies also can provide the names of local doctors and hospitals abroad.

Some countries require foreign visitors to have inoculations or medical tests before entering. Before traveling, check the latest entry requirements with the foreign embassy of the country to be visited.

Click here for Emergency Information

Click here for lists of Doctors/Hospitals abroad.

Click here for the Avian Flu Fact Sheet.

Click here for Foot and Mouth Disease Fact Sheet

Click here for the Chemical/Biological Agents Fact Sheet

Click here for information on Responding to Radiological and Nuclear Incidents.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - General

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Traveler''s Health

World Health Organization

Several private organizations will provide medical information and insurance for overseas travelers. Most charge a fee for this service. The following is provided FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State.


AIR AMBULANCE / MED-EVAC

U.S.-based Companies

ABLE JET
Fort Pierce, FL
800-225-3538

ACADIAN AMBULANCE & AIR MED SERVICE, INC.
Lafayette, LA
800-259-3333

ADVANCED AIR AMBULANCE
Miami, FL
800-633-3590 / 305-232-7700

AAA - AIR AMBULANCE AMERICA
Austin, TX
800-222-3564 / 512-479-8000

AIRMD AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES
Clearwater, FL
800-282-6878 / 1-727-530-7972

AIR AMBULANCE NETWORK
Sarasota, FL
800-327-1966

AIR AMBULANCE PROFESSIONALS
Fort Lauderdale, FL
800-752-4195 / 954-491-0555

AirEvac
Phoenix, AZ
800-421-6111

AIR MEDIC - AIR AMBULANCE OF AMERICA
Washington, PA
800-245-9987

AIRescue INTERNATIONAL
Van Nuys, CA
800-922-4911 / 818-994-0911

AIR RESPONSE
Orlando, FL
800-631-6565 / 303-858-9967

AIR STAR INTERNATIONAL
Thermal, CA
877-570-0911 / 800-991-2869
e-mail: AirStar1@aol.com

AMERICAN CARE, INC.
San Diego, CA
800-941-2582 / 619-486-8844

AMERICAN JET AIR MEDICAL
Houston, TX
888-I-FLY-AJI / 713-641-9700

CRITICAL AIR MEDICINE
San Diego, CA
800-247-8326 / 619-571-0482

CRITICAL CARE MEDFLIGHT
Lawrenceville, GA
800-426-6557

GLOBAL CARE / MEDPASS
Alpharetta, GA
800-860-1111

INFLIGHT MEDICAL SERVICES INTERNATIONAL INC.
Naples, FL
800-432-4177 / 941-594-0800

INTERNATIONAL SOS ASSISTANCE
Philadelphia, PA
800-523-8930 / 215-244-1500
Also provides travel insurance services.

LifeFlight New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
800-942-0455 / 504-243-9800
e-mail: Info@NewOrleansJets.com

LIFE GUARD INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Las Vegas, NV
866-SKY-LIFE (866-759-5433)
e-mail: lifeguardinternational@msn.com

MedAire
Tempe, AZ
480-333-3700
e-mail: info@medaire.com

MED ESCORT INTERNATIONAL INC.
Allentown, PA
800-255-7182 / 610-791-3111

MEDEX ASSISTANCE CORPORATION
Baltimore, MD
888-MEDEX-00 / 800-537-2029
Also provides travel insurance services.

MEDJET ASSISTANCE
Birmingham, AL
1-800-963-3538

MEDJET INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Birmingham, AL
800-356-2161 / 205-592-4460

MEDWAY AIR AMBULANCE
Lawrenceville, GA
800-233-0655

MERCY MEDICAL AIRLIFT
Manassas, VA
800-296-1217
(Service area: Caribbean and part of Canada only. If necessary, will meet commercial incoming patients at JFK, Miami and other airports.)

NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
800-327-3710 / 305-525-5538

SMARTRAVEL
Alexandria, VA
800-730-3170 / 703-379-8645
Provides a range of travel medicine services.

TRAVEL CARE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Eagle River, WI
800-524-7633 / 715-479-8881

TRAVELERS EMERGENCY NETWORK
Tierra Verde, FL
800-ASK-4-TEN
e-mail: ten@intrex.net

Foreign-based Companies

AEA INTERNATIONAL
Singapore
U.S. Phone: 800-468-5232
Service worldwide, also provides travel insurance services

AUSTRIAN AIR AMBULANCE
Vienna, Austria
43-1-40-144

EURO-FLITE LTD.
Helsinki International Airport
Vantaa, Finland
358-9-870-2544

EUROPASSISTANCE
Johannesburg, South Africa
27-11-315-3999

GERMAN AIR RESCUE (DRF)
Filderstadt, Germany
49-0711-7007-0
e-mail: alarmzentrale@drf.de

MEDIC''AIR
Paris, France
331-41-72-14-14

LUXEMBOURG AIR RESCUE
Luxembourg
352-420-440-1
e-mail: office@air-rescue.lu

TYROL AIR AMBULANCE
Innsbruck, Austria
43-512-22422

TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANIES

U.S.-based Companies

ACCESS AMERICA, INC.
Richmond, VA
866-807-3982

AIGAssist
American International Group, Inc.
New York, NY
800-382-6986

ASA, INC.
International Health Insurance
Phoenix, AZ
888-ASA-8288

AXA ASSISTANCE
Bethesda, MD
301-214-8200

CLEMENTS INTERNATIONAL
Washington, DC
800-872-0067 / 202-872-0060
http://www.clements.com
e-mail: info@clements.com

CSA TRAVEL PROTECTION
San Diego, CA
888-873-5484
http://www.csatravelprotection.com

GATEWAY
Seabury & Smith
Washington, DC
800-282-4495 / 202-457-7707
e-mail: gateway.dc@seabury.com

HEALTH CARE GLOBAL
(also known as MEDHELP or WALLACH & COMPANY or HEALTHCARE ABROAD)
Middleburg, VA
800-237-6615 / 540-687-3166

HIGHWAY TO HEALTH
Fairfax, VA
703-322-1515
(Also provides destination-based travel health information for cities worldwide.)

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GROUP (IMG)
Indianapolis, IN
800-628-4664 / 317-655-4500

MultiNational Underwriters, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
800-605-2282
e-mail: insurance@mnui.com

MUTUAL OF OMAHA
Tele-Trip Company
Omaha, NE
800-228-9792

PETERSEN INTERNATIONAL UNDERWRITERS, INC.
Valencia, CA
800-345-8816
e-mail: piu@piu.org

TRAVELEX
Omaha, NE
800-228-9792

TRAVEL GUARD
Stevens Point, WI
800-826-1300/715-345-0505

TRAVEL BCISURED INTERNATIONAL
E. Hartford, CT
800-243-3174

TRAVEL INSURANCE SERVICES
InterMedical Division
Walnut Creek, CA
800-937-1387/925-932-1387

TRIPGUARD PLUS
Northridge, CA
800-423-3632

UNICARD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
Overland Park, KS
800-501-0352

UNIVERSAL SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE
Alexandria, VA
800-770-9111 / 703-370-7800

WORLDWIDE ASSISTANCE
Washington, DC
800-777-8710 ext. 417

Foreign-based Companies

INTEGRA GLOBAL
Hallein , Austria
43-6245-71303
e-mail: info@integraglobal.com

EXECUTIVE MEDICAL SERVICES

AMERICAN MEDICAL CENTERS
Moscow, Russia
Offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Prague, Warsaw, Istanbul
(7-095) 933-77-00 (Moscow)

HEALTH QUEST TRAVEL INC.
Wexford, PA
888-899-3633
e-mail: HQT@HealthQuestTravel.com

WORLD CLINIC
Burlington, MA
800-636-9186

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